TEAM GB enjoyed its best ever day at an away Olympic Games as medals, including five gold, flowed in througout an extraordinary ninth day of competition in Rio.
History-maker Max Whitlock admitted he had “completely outdone” expectations as he took two gold medals on a vintage day for Team GB with an all-action display of power, control and style.
Andy Murray, golfer Justin Rose and cyclist Jason Kenny added further gloss to a fine day’s competition in Rio with three more golds.
The 23-year-old gymnast followed up becoming the first British male to win an Olympic medal on the floor with a second gold on the pommel horse 75 minutes later.
Earlier this week, he became Team GB’s first all-round men’s gymnastics medallist since Walter Tysall 108 years earlier by winning a bronze medal on the individual all-around.
He said: “I’ve completely outdone myself.
“I never go into competitions expecting to get a medal or even trying to think about it, I go in to do my job.
“For hours and hours in a gym, for years and years - and you get a minute to show it what you’ve been working on. To do it today, the Olympic Games, I don’t know what to say.
“I kind of knew I had to re-focus, I had another job to do. It was very hard to take that (first gold) in, so now I think I’ll take them both in at the same time.
“I got emotional after the floor because I wasn’t watching any of the routines or anything. It just hit me when I knew what I had done.”
Jason Kenny, the 28-year-old reigning Olympic sprint champion beat Scottish team-mate Callum Skinner into silver, while sailor Giles Scott’s victory in the men’s finn will be confirmed in the medal race tomorrow.
It meant Britain moved ahead of China into second place on the overall scoreboard, behind only the US.
Kenny’s gold in the velodrome took his career tally to five, having won a fourth in the team sprint with Skinner and Phil Hindes on Thursday.
His only defeat in Olympic competition was at the 2008 Beijing Games, when Sir Chris Hoy beat him in the sprint.
Speaking on the BBC as a pundit, Sir Chris - a six-time champion - said Kenny had the potential “to be the Michael Phelps of the British team”.
A gold in his next event, the men’s keirin tomorrow, would take him level with Sir Chris.
Responding, Kenny said: “I will give it my go. We’ve got a day off now which would be much appreciated - I’m dying on my a**e here.”
Rose to the occasion
Justin Rose, the 36-year-old 2012 US Open champion narrowly defeated Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson after being neck-and-neck for almost every ball of the final round.
Rose, the world No 12, wrote his name into the history books earlier in the tournament after carding the first ever hole-in-one in Olympic history.
And he took the gold by landing an approach shot within inches of the final pin to leave him with a simple putt for the title.
Speaking after the event, he said: “Today proved to be a great final, and a great final round.”
Rose said he decided to sing the national anthem as he took his place on the podium, but could only hear himself.
He said: “Normally you sing it when you’re in a stadium with 80,000 people, so I realised how poor my singing is.
“But I muddled through the words. I think I got most of them right. It was just an amazing experience, it really was.”
He added: “It’s something I’ve focused on, it’s something that I’ve been hungry for, it’s something that I wanted to peak for. It’s been at the very forefront of my mind in the last few months for sure.”